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June 26, 2012

Could We See a Victory for School Choice?

June 26, 2012:  In addition to wrangling over the budget over the last couple weeks, it looks like House and Senate leadership have been in talks with the Governor to expand school choice in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the conversation has been […]
June 20, 2012

Another Harrisburglar Loses Pension

June 20, 2012: The State Employee Retirement System (SERS) announced last week that former Senator Robert Mellow would no longer be eligible for his $11,580 per month pension check. Their decision comes as the result of Mellow’s guilty plea to federal […]
June 18, 2012

What’s Stopping Privatization?

June 18, 2012: In short, special interests and the Bucks County Republican Delegation stopped liquor store privatization from moving forward in Pennsylvania last week. According to CapitolWire (Paywall): “Beer distributors matter to Republican lawmakers. The one who mattered most in this […]
June 11, 2012

(UPDATED)Time for Striking Teachers to Accept Reality

June 11, 2012:  Just in time to interrupt vacation plans, the teachers’ union of the Neshaminy School District went on strike for a second time this year effecting over 9,000 children and their families. Why? The teachers union’s extreme demands include retroactive […]
June 6, 2012

Congratulations Governor Walker (Hopefully, the PA GOP is Paying Attention)

June 6, 2012:  Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania would like to congratulate Governor Walker on his hard fought victory in Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s sizable margin of victory is a testament to how voters respond to principled leadership. Hopefully, this lesson is not lost […]
May 31, 2012

A First Step on Pension Reform?

May 31, 2012: As previously noted, there have been murmurs coming from the Capitol and Governor on pension reform. Now it looks like Senate leadership is working on a legislative proposal to shift future state employees to a defined contribution plan, […]
May 24, 2012

A Welcome Development

May 24, 2012: Earlier this week Governor Corbett indicated that he was going to make pension reform a high priority. State employee and teacher pension payments are going to eat up an ever expanding portion of budget dollars. (You might recall […]
May 22, 2012

Guest Post: Cesspool of Corruption

May 22, 2012: These are days of shame in Pennsylvania. In just the past couple of weeks a sitting state Supreme Court Justice has been indicted, a state Senator has resigned in the wake of her conviction on corruption charges, a […]
May 16, 2012

More Debt for Taxpayers?

May 16, 2012: Between now and July 1, the major debates in Harrisburg will focus on the general fund budget. On one side, you will have voices calling for responsible budgeting; on the other, there will be voices crying out for […]
May 9, 2012

Is History Repeating Itself in the Senate?

May 9, 2012: Today the Senate passed its version of the 2012-2013 budget, SB 1466. The budget proposal championed by Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) adds $500 million to the Governor’s proposed spending levels. While the Governor’s budget reduces spending by $20 million […]
May 7, 2012

Pennsylvania Ranks Eighth Worst State in Country for Business

 May 7, 2012: According to a survey of 650 CEO’s, Pennsylvania is the 8th worst state in the country for business (which is a little confusing because we are 43rd best on the main list). The Commonwealth scores well on workforce […]
May 3, 2012

$183 Million in Taxpayer Money Sitting Around

May 3, 2012: According to an audit report made public yesterday, the House and Senate are sitting on a pile of money, $183.5 million to be exact. This money has accumulated over the years as the Legislature has spent less than […]
April 30, 2012

Analysis: 2012 Primary Election

April 30, 2012: Although the primary election did not result in any seismic shifts in Harrisburg, the outcome of several races should make the members of the political class nervous. One of Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania’s biggest victories was the defeat […]
April 25, 2012

Primary Election 2012

April 25, 2012: We would like to congratulate the following candidates for their hard fought victories in the primary election: Senate: D. Raja (Allegheny County) House: Anne Chapman (Bucks County) Kathy Coder (Allegheny/Beaver County) John McGinnis (Blair County) Rick Saccone (Incumbent, […]
April 23, 2012

Stan Saylor: Majority Whip and Teachers’ Union Lackey

April 23, 2012: The Majority Whip is responsible for determining where members stand when it comes to making votes. In addition, they are supposed to twist arms if needed on “tough” votes and make sure that members vote the right […]